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Japan seeks biggest-ever defense budget amid China concerns
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China.... 8/31/2015 9:46 AM

200 residents of Iraqi town held by Islamic State group
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The mayor of a remote, Islamic State-held town in western Iraq says some 200 residents are detained by the group after clashes there.... 8/31/2015 9:43 AM

Austria inspects trucks for migrants, creates 15-mile backup
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Austria's decision to start inspecting trucks at its border with Hungary after 71 migrants died in a food truck has created a huge, 25-kilometer (15 1/2-mile) traffic jam on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.... 8/31/2015 9:38 AM

Eurozone inflation stable at annual rate of 0.2 percent
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Official figures show inflation in the 19-nation eurozone was stable in August at an annual rate of 0.2 percent.... 8/31/2015 9:36 AM

World stocks fall after Fed suggests Sept rate hike possible
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stocks were mostly lower Monday after a U.S. Federal Reserve official suggested a September interest rate hike still was possible and weak Japanese factory activity provided more evidence of a sluggish global economy.... 8/31/2015 9:31 AM

Thai police seek 2 new suspects in Bangkok bombing probe
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai police issued arrest warrants Monday for two more suspects, a Thai woman and a foreign man of unknown nationality, and released their images in the widening investigation into Bangkok's deadly bombing two weeks ago that yielded its first arrest over the weekend.... 8/31/2015 9:29 AM

Syrian official: Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian official in charge of antiquities said Monday his government has not been able to determine how much damage an explosion near the ancient Temple of Bel caused the ancient structure in the militant-controlled city of Palmyra.... 8/31/2015 9:23 AM

Spain to hand over US-Belgian arrested over blood diamonds
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish court officials say an American-Belgian businessman arrested for suspected involvement in enslavement and pillaging blood diamonds during Sierra Leone's civil war will be handed over shortly to Belgium.... 8/31/2015 9:12 AM

Japan bids adieu to landmark that hosted presidents, stars
TOKYO (AP) -- The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a pair of glass towers ahead of the 2020 Olympics.... 8/31/2015 8:45 AM

China gives little credit, or help, to Nationalist WWII vets
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese veteran Sun Yibai doesn't have much time for the Communist Party's claim to have led China to victory against Japan in World War II.... 8/31/2015 8:25 AM

Afghan Taliban offer leader's biography amid power struggle
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban published a biography of their new leader Monday as hundreds of insurgents met to resolve a dispute over his appointment following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar.... 8/31/2015 8:17 AM

2 journalists charged in Moroccan king blackmail claim trap
PARIS (AP) -- Two French journalists facing extortion charges on accusations that they tried to blackmail Moroccan King Mohammed VI say they were trapped into the agreement.... 8/31/2015 8:05 AM

Greek coast guard picks up nearly 2,500 migrants in 3 days
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's coast guard says it has picked up nearly 2,500 migrants from the sea in dozens of search and rescue operations over the weekend, part of a relentless flow of people heading for the safety of Europe after facing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.... 8/31/2015 8:01 AM

The Latest: Thai police get $84,000 reward in bombing probe
BANGKOK (AP) -- The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):... 8/31/2015 7:40 AM

Singapore softens ban on HIV-positive visitors
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore said Monday it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months.... 8/31/2015 7:10 AM

Afghan airfields built for war seen as economic hubs
KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) -- It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism.... 8/31/2015 6:03 AM

Najib vows not to quit as Malaysia marks National Day
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister vowed he would not quit over a $700-million financial scandal, and accused protesters of showing "poor national spirit" by holding a massive rally to demand his resignation on the eve of the country's National Day on Monday.... 8/31/2015 5:13 AM

Mothers, students join Japan's protests over security bills
TOKYO (AP) -- Mothers holding their children's hands stood in the sprinkling rain, some carrying anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans to the beat of a drum against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies.... 8/31/2015 5:08 AM

Dozens of Venezuelan shot by police amid crime crackdown
MARACAY, Venezuela (AP) -- Workers in the industrial complex had been hiding in bathrooms and closets for hours when the shooting stopped. The last of the four suspected thieves, a slightly built man in yellow rain boots, surrendered on the roof, crying out, "Jesus saves!"... 8/31/2015 4:04 AM

Influential Christian sect ends protests in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian sect on Monday ended five days of street protests that set off huge traffic jams in the Philippine capital and sparked outrage from motorists.... 8/31/2015 3:47 AM

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